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New EU Commission needs to develop better links between Foreign Affairs and Development
4:53 pm GMT+12, 10/09/2014, Belgium

The new   EU Commission needs to work on developing better links between Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Development to tackle global crises such as conflict, the economy or climate change, says a group of leading think tanks.
 
Often the link between external and internal EU policies remain “underdeveloped” due to overlapping responsibilities between the EEAS and International Co-operation and Development.
 
The report, Our Collective Interest: Why Europe’s problems need global solutions and global problems need European action’, calls for many of the new proposals set out by Juncker in his letter to the Commissioner for Development, Neven Mimica.
 
It was written by four think tanks under the title European Think Tanks Group: the European Centre for Development Policy Management, ODI, the German Development Institute and FRIDE.
 
Paul Engel, the Director of the European Centre for Policy Management, explained: “The EU needs to stop working in silos and engage more effectively at the highest levels across it institutions and directorates, developing a ‘whole of government’ approaches with a direct and clear political responsibility.”
 
He added: “Specifically the EU needs to develop an EU global strategy that links internal and external action and targets for sustainable development and global collective action.”
 
Juncker’s Commission has also been put into project teams, something the ETTG asked for, explaining: “ Above all, the HR/VP and Commissioners themselves must invest in these task forces with strong and consistent political sponsorship (with the chairing of these meetings only being undertaken by the political level or Director-General/Secretary General themselves).
 
"This is to stop them becoming exercises in bureaucratic filibustering between directorates offering lowest common denominator outcomes.".
 
To read the report go here: www.ettg.eu

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